Maria Svart is the national director of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). Svart joins us in discussing, from a democratic socialist perspective, pressing issues like racism and the "black lives matter" movement and feminism, capitalism, and patriarchy -- and why socialism is relevant to the national discussion. She also addresses the surging presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT), which the DSA is actively supporting.
Rag Blog Associate Editor Alice Embree also participates in the discussion.
With extended family in the Mineworkers, Teachers, Postal Workers and Firefighters unions, Maria Svart grew up understanding the importance of collective action. Before working with the DSA, she was a student organizer around feminist, immigrant, and labor rights issues, worked for the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group, and for eight years was an organizer with the Service Employees International Union.
According to the DSA website, "Democratic Socialists believe that both the economy and society should be run democratically to meet human needs, not to make profits for a few. We are a political and activist organization, not a party; through campus and community-based chapters DSA members use a variety of tactics, from legislative to direct action, to fight for reforms that empower working people."
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